Intellectual property is a poison. I used to be those who didn't agree with the overreach but was perfectly fine with giving some sort of limited time protection. Not anymore. It was so damn defaced and distorted that I decided intellectual property as a whole should be extinct. Greed and entitlement will eventually deface the new system as well.
Actually there is truth in that. I've talked to doctors about it and there is some consensus that besides other collateral effects that are being discovered, when you eat and your brain doesn't get the calories it is expecting it will actually start asking for more to 'compensate'.
While "helps control your weight" tells only part of the story it seems it is not all snake-oil.
Stevia-sweetened Coke tastes awful. But then again I found out that I specifically like the version sweetened with sugar from sugarcane. When I tried it in the US it wasn't the same.
The challenge nowadays is to make sweeteners that add taste without adding the calories and the collateral damage that usually come with such products when they are too successful in replacing sugar taste-wise.
As a bit of trivia, I found out from friends that in Switzerland for example the sweets are less sweet than here due to specific legislation. Though truth be said some sweets simply cannot be made if you add less sugar because of other properties besides the sweetening effect so in some cases the sweetener would have to replace some of these qualities. I've tried a few different types of sugar and surely there are tastier solutions other than the white sugar. I'm contemplating trying coconut sugar but it's hellish expensive :(
The law says specifically that the provider is not responsible for what the users do so you do have a point but it doesn't apply to this case. The law specifically exempts the provider from liability for what their users do. Go after the rapists, not the service.
Should be emphasized. You don't see road operators being blamed for drugs going through their network. Same with transportation companies. You don't close markets because a girl was raped in their toilet. You only do that when the owners actually assisted in the crime.
But hey, it's on the Internet, let's just throw logic and reason through the window, yes?
I have currently about 17 thousand song files in my library. Some of them extracted from games directly, some of them recorded from some source or downloaded from the likes of Youtube and the vast majority downloaded from varied stuff (Napster, Gnutella, Emule, IRC channels, torrents, direct downloads, usenet etc). You usually download whole albums because it's easier and forget in your disks because who cares about space when you have 8Tb HDD nowadays? I really listen to about 1000 of them and own about 400 legally. And I'm not the only one that 'hoards' music.